Levant

6 reviews

Jason Court, 76 Wigmore Street , London, W1U 2SJ

Levant

SquareMeal Review of Levant

It’s rare that a basement restaurant fits its brief perfectly, but Levant’s array of dark, subterranean spaces chimes well with its Arabian Nights, party-venue theme – a fantasy mix of carved wood, dusky lanterns, ornate tiling & twirling belly dancers. For some, this old-stager can still feel like a deliciously secret place for some booze & a few mezze, although it really thrives on the action, noise & energy generated by big garrulous groups. The food is uncomplicated & of a decent standard, with ‘feasts’ dominating the menu; a shared slow-cooked lamb shoulder with couscous & dried fruits might be just the job to get the party started, while pastries & mint tea are on hand to close the show. Wines are unremarkable, so set your sights on the big cocktail list.

Levant Location

Jason Court, 76 Wigmore Street , London W1U 2SJ

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm

Levant's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 7.2

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Service: 5.0

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Atmosphere: 7.0

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Value: 5.0

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 3

01 December 2012

If not taken too seriously, this joint can be great fun… from blonde belly-dancers, often racous clientele, cool dj-music, reasonable nosh & deranged staff… I always left feeling somewhat entertained!

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Platinum Reviewer
06 July 2012

It's difficult to rate Levant as a restaurant as it totally depends on the reason you've come here. It's perfect for hen dos, stag dos and work dos where the distraction of a wibbly wobbly belly dancer wielding a white snake in the manner of a young Britney Spears (although the effect is weirdly more Ganesh elephant god) will provide a valuable talking point for people who otherwise have nothing in common. It would be a disastrous choice for meeting the in laws for the first time. There is something of an Alice in Wonderland otherworldly magic to the place as you pass the hooker smokers, duck into the tucked away entrance, slip down the atmospherically lit stairs and step into this dim cavern. Atmosphere is created here by turning the lighting down and the music up: the Arabic tunes are generally loud enough to drown out conversation but the volume gets blasted up for when the entertainment comes out. The food is actually pretty good. If you go for a set menu veggie or meat “feast” it will be just that: we were feeling satisfyingly satiated after the mezze which covered the usual range of hoummous like dishes (and a particularly delicious aubergine paste); fatly full after the skewers and moussaka; and finally sickeningly stuffed after the glamorously presented 4-tier baklava/fruit/cake plate. At £50 a head (including glass of prosecco, shared bottle of something Lebanese between 4 and some much needed digestive mint tea) I think it was quite good value really. You could get just as decent North African food cheaper elsewhere in London but nowhere else in our capital embodies the Beiruti “When the bombs start falling, we turn up the music louder” attitude like Levant.

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Food + drink: 2

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 1

15 March 2009

I dined here with my family and would never recommend it to anyone. Ridiculously overpriced, I could have served the same at less than half the price. The music was far too loud, I could only hear what the person next to me was saying – doesn't make for a very sociable evening. We had an issue with the bill and a tastelondon card – if anyone is booking with one I would make extra clear when you book that you have one AND ask if it's valid. Despite booking directly through the restaurant and stating that I had a tastelondon card they refused to accept it. After a lengthly discussion they didn't even offer any sort of good will – not how you run a successful business. You've been warned…

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